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AMIKids: Separating a troubled past from a bright future

An alternative education program for helping adjudicated youth achieve

Fret not! Don't let the metal detectors at the entrance fool you, once inside the youth of AMIkids will make you feel very warm and welcomed as they are taught to take pride in the introduction of themselves. Associate Marine Institute “AMIkids” Miami-Dade North is a nonprofit alternative education program that gives troubled youth second chances. Formerly the Dade Marine Institute (DMI), AMIkids is a unique approach to redirecting the lives of troubled 14 to 18-year-old boys and girls in a marine environment.

North Miami unveils project to boost its downtown

North Miami city officials have proposed a multi-story garage with retail and office spaces as part of an effort to keep businesses and residents in the downtown area. The proposal was recently made by a newly formed downtown advisory committee, which met with city officials to discuss the plans and the future of the downtown area.

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Black incumbents win; Ighodaro, Burns headed for runoff'

After months of listening to campaign speeches and attending political forums, Blacks in Miami-Dade County headed to the polls to vote in the primary elections on Tuesday. Education, health care, unemployment and moral integrity were all important issues that concerned Black voters regarding several key political races in Miami Gardens, North Miami, Liberty City and Miami-Dade County. Black voters also turned their attention to the gubernatorial race, and the bid for the attorney general office.

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Report: Most new teachers sent to struggling Black schools

District says data outdated, patchy

Miami-Dade County Public Schools has done a poor job of distributing veteran teachers equally among its districts, according to a report released yesterday, but county officials pointed out the weakness in the data and presented recent improvements.

Novice teachers, inferior education: A letter of concern

A reader writes to express his concern stemming from a recent study that reports that most new teachers are concentrated at poor, Black schools.

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Dream Defenders march in ‘hands-up’ rally

Eight arrested at peaceful rally in Downtown Miami

“Hands up, Don’t shoot,” is the chant being heard around the globe following the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo., and Israel “Reefa” Hernandez, an unarmed Hispanic male who was tasered to death by Miami Beach police officers and others around the country that occurred in the last month alone.

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Urban League urges dads to be active parents

As millions of students around the country returned to school Monday, the Urban League of Greater Miami urged local Black fathers to be involved in their children’s education, first by waking up to take them to school. The Urban League’s push was matched by other organizations in over 700 cities across the United States in a movement tagged Million Fathers March. The program originated in Chicago in 2004 by the Black Star Project, an organization that equips minority children with academic resources.

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‘I have autism but autism does not have me’

David Pedemonte-Forte: From an autistic child to a genius of a man

Because of the prayers, persistence, and patience of a mother, Gloria Pedemonte, a Honduran, who believes there is nothing too hard for God to do, demonstrated through her untiring efforts that what could have been a devastating ending now simply is, “A walking miracle.” Her son, David, 28, a native of Miami, is autistic. But people who meet David constantly remark that “He is a genius.”

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Diddy leads a REVOLT

Music mogul to host star-studded conference on Miami Beach

Diddy. Russell Simmons. LA Reid. Look out. They’re set to lead a REVOLT in Miami. The trio will be among a powerhouse lineup of some of the most influential movers and shakers who will converge on Miami Beach for the first-ever REVOLT Music Conference at The Fountainbleau Hotel OCT. 16 – 19.

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Chatter That Matters

New Miami Northwestern Senior High School football coach Eddie “Rabbit” Brown feels the Bulls will see a marked improvement from last year’s 5-5 record and come out on the winning side this football season. As I observed Brown and his staff and the enthusiasm of the players, it reminded me of the 1946 Thanksgiving at the “Dust Bowl” when the Bulls defeated the BTW Tornados 2-0.

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Carol City Middle gets fresh paint job

Burger King Corp. employees in Miami gathered at Carol City Middle School last week to

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South African delegation meets with Comm. Edmonson

A trade delegation from South Africa visited Commissioner Audrey Edmonson in her District Office on Monday, August 18. The South Africa delegation comprises Neville Matjie, General Manager of Trade & Investment Kwazulu-Natal (TIKZN) Province; Abigail Ellary, EFI’s Trade Director for Southern Africa and Thembe L. Ndlovu, Trade and Investment Officer, TIKZN. They were accompanied by Desmond Alufohai and Bryant Salter. Discussions were focused on the Business Development Mission to South Africa led by Commissioner Audrey Edmonson to Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, from March 1 - 9.

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Lifestyle Happenings

The St. John Community Development Corp. will host its 15th annual fundraising gala Fri. Aug. 22 at the Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom. Call 305-372-0682. Booker T. Washington Class of 1965 Inc. will meet 3:30 p.m. Sat. Aug. 16 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-213-0188. BTW Alumni Association Inc. will meet 6 p.m. Thu. Aug. 21 at the BTW Cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188. The Miami Central Alumni Association is planning a bus trip to Hoover AL for the Miami Central Rockets vs. Hoover High Buccaneers on Fri Aug. 22 for the nationally televised game scheduled for Aug. 23. Call 305-310-7227.

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What Blacks need to know about credit

While some took advantage of their summer by visiting the beach or relaxing at the pool, others decided to build their financial IQ. Throughout July and August OneUnited Bank presented Smart Money Summer School. Branch Manager Ernst Joseph and his staff conducted workshops to help consumers develop financial action plans and provided them tools to better understand credit.

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It's Tannehill's time to shine

The 2013 season for Ryan Tannehill was a step in the right direction. The second year quarterback showed promise by doubling his touchdown numbers. He also passed for almost 700 more yards, and ended up with a better completion and passing rating than his rookie season. He finished in the top 10 in the league in terms of yards passing with 3,913, and in the top half of the league in terms of yards per game and passing touchdowns. So why are some Dolphin fans reluctant to embrace this guy as the quarterback of the present and future?

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Crist turns up campaign for the Black vote

Democratic candidate for Gov. renews attacks with “Restore Cuts Tour”

Trailing behind Gov. Rick Scott in most polls, Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist campaigned heavily in Miami’s Black community last Friday with his “Restore Cuts Tour” to boost sagging numbers as the clock ticks down to Election Day. With concerns about his political aspirations fading, Crist launched the campaign to regain the lead in opinion polls against his opponent. Traveling on a yellow school bus to highlight this election’s hottest issue, education, Crist campaigned in Liberty City before he opened a new office in Miami Gardens, where he hopes to increase the number of new voters in Florida’s largest Black city.

Problems plague Campbell in tough re-election bid

Incident, ethical problems hurt legislator’s bid to keep her seat

State Rep. Daphne Campbell is under investigation for an intense confrontation that may cost the embattled legislator her re-election bid next week. Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief accused Campbell’s brother-in-law of pulling a gun on her during an argument over politics two weeks ago in the parking lot of the WAVS Caribbean radio station in Davie. Daphne Campbell’s brother-in-law, Jeremiah Campbell, allegedly emerged from the station with a gun in his hand, according to story aired on WPLG Channel 10 Monday evening.

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Fight for justice in Ferguson

Protests over shooting of Michael Brown intensify

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters clashed again with police, as clouds of tear gas and smoke hung over the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer. Protesters filled the streets after nightfall Monday, and officers trying to enforce tighter restrictions at times used bullhorns to order them to disperse. Police deployed noisemakers and armored vehicles to push demonstrators back. Officers fired tear gas and flash grenades.

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Rolling out the Red Carpet

Aug. 18 marked the first day of school

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Memories of Old Smokey depict sacrifice zone

Documentary details West Grove history, injustice

A tall, skinny building billows out smoke, its forceful dark clouds spewing sift indiscriminately onto school children nearby. On days when the trash incinerator was not operating those same kids would run up and down the mound on which it was built.

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